Unite: No deal costs draining the life out of our auto industry
- Wednesday 31 July 2019
Commenting today (Wednesday, 31 July) on the news that investment into the UK's automotive sector has collapsed in the face of the threat of a no deal Brexit, Unite the union has called on Prime Minister Johnson to heed the warnings that his policies present an `existential threat' to the sector.
Responding for the sector's biggest trade union, Unite's assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: "Prime Minister Johnson and his government cannot bat this aside. There is a £330 million hole in investment into the UK auto sector because money must now be diverted into no deal preparations, draining the life out of the industry. That is money that ought to be creating new jobs and investing in new models and a future dedicated to the UK.
"More so, the sector's own representative body is now saying that the direction being pursued by the government is so reckless it is now a threat to the very existence of the car industry in this country.
"That is something we will never accept. There are 850,000 workers who depend on this sector, right across the country. These jobs and communities matter. They bring skills, wages and the promise of a future to parts of the country that are are world away from the wealth of the shires and we will fight for a future for each and every one of them."
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Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.